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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 7:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The hand truck must be for moving reference books.

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T’is true I have a lot! But these days, they just gather dust. My iPhone and Google have become my go-to reference. In fact, with such convenience, I find I’m using photos more than ever!

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That is exactly like an artists' place should look. My
friends don't appreciate how 'cluttered' I can let
things get, but to me there is order in it.
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I sorted the mounds of papers and contract documents piling up on my desk last week and now people think I am quitting or something!
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Very cool peek at the board!!  Thanks, JB!


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Great to see where the magic gets released. 
JB is that the art board you've always used? If so, it must have put on a few miles of travel. From Canada, the midwest to the east coast. Very cool indeed.
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That’s my third board, if we count the small wooden one my parents bought for me when I was about 15. I retired that one in 1977, when I moved back to Calgary. That was when I treated myself to my first big board—the one the drafting machine was attached to—and that’s the one that did the most traveling. It was in turn retired circa 1996, when I bought my current board, to which I transferred the machine.

The “middle” one, on which I did all the X-MEN, FF and ALPHA FLIGHT issues (and the stuff around them) now resides in my basement.

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I got a fancy large surface drafting table but found I just never used it as much as some cast-off old wooden bread board that was just right for almost all things (and totally portable). To be fair though the table was not the right height for me, it has these tv tray type legs that cross and when the top is tilted at an angle you probably had to be a tiny Japanese person or something. Anyone really small want to buy an almost new condition drafting table with giant t-square cheap? :^)

I did find other than a tv or stereo (and tea kettle), that having any books, letters and other stuff at hand would distract me, but I was mostly just inking/lettering for other people where there was a 'have to get this done and put in the hours' situation involved.
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Maybe the Smithsonian might like a famous artist's ex-work area? Tax deductable! :^)
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The “middle” one, on which I did all the X-MEN, FF and ALPHA FLIGHT issues (and the stuff around them) now resides in my basement.
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Not in a museum?
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A... guest star....

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Nice!

“Would you believe escape velocity?”
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POW!!!

A familiar face from your first!  



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Doug Centers
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Cool! I love this little dude.
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Man I am so looking forward to this run (in whatever form it takes). How sweet it is to see this little guy again! 

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Loving the textures and fluid lines in these pencils.
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Darren Taylor wrote:  Loving the textures and fluid lines in these pencils.

Completely agree. The linework is beautiful, I hope somehow a pencil version is published of these pages. Preferably actual size, but something like DC's unwrapped books would work.

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Once again, thanks for sharing! Everything is a bonus. Really happy that you have rediscovered so much creative juice and fingers crossed that all this storytelling goodness makes it into print.
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JAHF! How FUN!!

Interesting to see how you’re approaching him these days. When you first drew him, he read more “muppet like” to me... he feels more real/believable in the drawing above (but he still feels like the same character). Nicely done! 

 

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The “Muppet-ness” comes in part from Terry’s inks. Reviewing these issues, via the ESSENTIAL trades, I am more than ever struck by the changes the inks brought to the pencils. Terry does not build faces the same way I do, for instance, and more often than not he favors his approach over mine—unconsciously I am sure.
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Do any copies of your pencils exist from that era of X-Men, JB?
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